Signs for All (SFA) provides American Sign Language classes and Sign Language Proficiency Interview (SLPI) evaluations. SFA classes and SLPI evaluations are open to anyone, regardless if you are hearing, deaf or hard of hearing. You may contact the Signs for All Program via e-mail at TMertz@rsdeaf.org
SPRING 2017 SESSION
Registration and Payment Deadline (Class & Book): March 28, 2017
If you are having any difficulties registering for SFA classes online, please call Lauren at 585-544-1240 extention 0.
Class Schedule: 10-week session meets on Tuesday evenings from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Rochester School for the Deaf, 1545 St. Paul Street, Rochester, NY. Directions to RSD and the RSD campus map. Classes are contingent upon sufficient enrollment.
Class to be held: April 11, 25 (No classes held April 18); May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; June 6, 13, 20.
First class evening on April 11: Register in Lyon Hall, 5:15 - 5:55 p.m. before classes start at 6:00 p.m.
Deaf Culture Night: Occurs during one class session.
Children’s Class: Offered to children ages 6-10 (parents may provide snacks/beverages for their child/children). Please note: A minimum of 6 children attending is required to hold a class for children.
Fee: $110/Person+ (All community members are welcome.) Childrens' Class/$50 Child+
Fee is waived for immediate RSD family members, including: RSD parents, legal guardians, grandparents and family siblings* of deaf and hard of hearing child/children attending RSD. *Siblings age 11 and up attend SFA class; siblings ages 6-10 attend Children’s Class. Please note: A minimum of 6 children attending is required to hold a class for children.
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+Refund Policy: No refunds after the first class; Up until the second class, the enrollment fee may be credited and applied to a future SFA class within the year. NO CREDITS OR REFUNDS WILL BE ISSUED AFTER THE SECOND CLASS.
RSD’s American Sign Language (ASL) Signs for All (SFA) classes and SLPI evaluations are open to anyone, regardless if you are hearing, deaf or hard of hearing, in the community, at-large, who may be interested in learning ASL. Classes are also available for RSD parents and families who have a child or children attending the school. You may contact the Signs for All Program via e-mail at TMertz@rsdeaf.org
SFA may also benefit employers and companies in the community with staff who are deaf and hard-of-hearing, as well as professionals who work with individuals who are deaf and hard-of-hearing.
SFA instructors also conduct workshops on Deaf Culture, Deaf Etiquette and Sensitivity Awareness
Community groups who wish to have a classes or workshops located more conveniently, may call Outreach Services, 585-544-1240 ext. 0, to make arrangements for a class to occur at their site.
Terri Mertz -
Coordinator/Teacher of Signs for All
A native of Rochester, NY, and a long-time Town of Greece resident, Terri Mertz earned her Associate Degree in Business Technologies from Rochester Institute of Technology and the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (RIT/NTID), her Bachelor of Science in Community and Human Services at Empire State College, and her Master of Science in Secondary Education of Students Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing at RIT/NTID. Terri was employed at Monroe BOCES #1 and taught American Sign Language classes to Middle and High School students at various school districts in Monroe County.
Sign Language Proficiency Interview (SLPI)
The SLPI involves a one-to-one conversation in sign language between an interviewer and candidate/interviewee. Interview content varies according to the background, job responsibilities, schooling, and other interests of each SLPI candidate/interviewee.
SLPI interviews are recorded and subsequently rated independently by SLPI raters. The basis for ratings is the SLPI Rating Scale, a standard scale based on the sign language communication skills of highly skilled, knowledgeable native/native-like signers.
The goal of the SLPI is to assess how well people are able to use sign language for communication, and, as appropriate, to use this information to assist people in development of their sign language communication skills.
The cost of an SLPI interview coordinated and conducted through the RSD Outreach Services is $150. A follow-up interview is $60. When an interview is scheduled, the interviewee receives a confirmation letter which outlines: the dates, time, and location of the SLPI interview; a description of the SLPI process; tips on how to perform well during the interview; details on the rating scale; and, a follow-up questionnaire.
Who Needs SLPI?
- ASL/English Interpreters
- Parents and family members
- BOCES teachers and staff
- Vocational/rehabilitation services staff
- NYS Civil Services staff who require sign language skills
- Personnel in teaching programs for deaf and hard of hearing students
- Medical, health and counseling personnel